Upon the wave’s crest and halfway to horizon
lost on an empty sea.
Have you heard the story of the Aura Rosa,
a legend that came to be?
A full crew of men, not a woman amongst them,
embarked on a cruise to the edge.
They wanted to go, to seek, to explore
to stand, for a while, on the ledge.
But fifteen years old was Tommy the youngest
the lowest of the low.
In nighttime he dreamt of being a captain,
his days swabbing stern to bow.
Sweet Tommy had left his home and his family
in search of a brave new world.
He dreamt that one day he would return home again,
to kiss his secret girl.
The waves rose so high and bashed the sleek vessel;
off course she was thrown and lost.
Clouds so dark you could not see the sunlight
with flashes, and thunder and ghosts.
‘We have no more food’, the call went out to them
who worked from swabs to helm.
‘We have no more water, oh pray for us sailor men,
pray land we may see again’.
Hard master, the ocean, their prayers went unheard
and succumbed to the waves they did.
A crew filled with lust for great adventures
now rest in the waters hid.
In vain they all searched for friendly coastlines,
in the end even for the edge.
But none of them ever came to the mythical,
to stand on the world’s last ledge.
Sweet Tommy still sails the high seven seas
in search of a way back home.
His ghost ship now feared by all and sundry,
as over the oceans it roams.
So he got his dream to one day be captain
but even so sweet Tommy cries.
As he never got to one day go home again,
and gaze in his secret girl’s eyes.
Have you ever heard of the Aura Rosa,
the legend that sails the seas?
How, on stormy night, she will appear for you
and you’ll hear the sailor men’s plea.
So you take heed in your quest for adventure
and choose a safer path.
Unless like sweet Tommy you want to end up
a victim of the ocean’s wrath.
Today’s challenge at Imaginary Garden with Real Toads was to write a ballad. So I did… And I really enjoy this kind of writing, where rhyming and rhythm blends perfectly. I don’t know if I’ve done a perfect job of it, but I sure had fun. On a different note I want to mention that the name Aura Rosa comes not from a ship (although for all I know one might have been named thusly) but from a bakery in London that was started by a friend of mine and his partner. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed!